May 5th, 2007 07:03 EST
FEMA Mobile Recovery Center Moves Into Disaster-Affected Areas
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. - A Mobile Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) is moving into disaster-affected communities in New Hampshire's Grafton County to help victims with disaster assistance questions, according to officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and N.H. Homeland Security and Emergency Management.
DRCs provide a single location where people are able to talk face-to-face with disaster recovery specialists. Mobile DRCs can move quickly into areas affected by the disaster and are staffed to assist victims with their applications for federal disaster assistance. Representatives from state and federal agencies and voluntary organizations will be on hand to answer questions about assistance programs and help applicants complete their U.S. Small Business Administration loan applications.
The mobile DRC in Grafton County is scheduled to make these stops next week:
Mon. and Tues., May 7 and 8
Whole Village Family resource Center
287 Highland Street
Wed. and Thurs., May 9 and 10
Lyme Fire Department
44 High Street
Fri. and Sat., May 11 and 12
Lincoln Police Department
148 Main Street
Hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Residents are encouraged to take advantage of the valuable information available at no cost at these temporary offices.
Individuals and business owners are urged to first register for federal and state assistance in one of the following methods: visit the FEMA Web site at www.fema.gov or call toll-free 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for those with speech or hearing impairment. Both lines are open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week.
FEMA coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.